Nampa residents back levy, worry about taxes

broberts@idahostatesman.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Nampa School Board trustees were counseled by some residents Thursday night to shoot high for a tax levy to help pay for school operations, while others complained about already steep property taxes.

Trustees should ask for a large enough levy to make a difference in children’s lives, said Autumn Short, who has children in the school district.

“Don’t ask us for just enough,” she said at a public meeting on the proposed levy.

Trustees are planning the levy to replace a $1.6 million annual levy that expires this year, but they have not yet set an amount or a ballot date. School officials hope a new levy will let them hire more teachers and reduce the need for furloughs.

School officials said Nampa schools receive only 18 percent of the property taxes paid by Nampa residents.

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